McLane Creek– Wetland wonderland within minutes from downtown Olympia

  Quick Facts: Location: Capitol State Forest Land Agency: Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Roundtrip: 1.5 miles Elevation Gain: minimal Contact: Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR); South Puget Sound Region Office Notes: Discover Pass required; dogs prohibited Access: From Exit 104 on I-5 in Olympia, head west on US 101 taking the Black Lake […]

Swan Lake and Butte–listen to the cry of the loon

Quick Facts: NOTE: Road to Swan Lake has been damaged due to winter storms and may not be open. Call Republic Ranger District for road status (509) 775-7400 Location: Colville National Forest, near Republic Land Agency: US Forest Service Roundtrip: 3.1 miles Elevation gain: 360 feet Contact: Colville National Forest Notes: Dogs permitted on leash, but […]

Blythe and Chukar Lakes─Birds and beauty in the Channeled Scablands

Location: Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, Grant County Land Agency: U.S. Department of the Interior Contact: Columbia National Wildlife Refuge Roundtrip: 3.0 miles Elevation Gain: 300 feet Note: Dogs permitted on leash. Be snake and tick aware   Good to know: dog-friendly, kid-friendly, spring wildflowers, exceptional birdwatching Access: From Spokane, take I-90 west to Exit 179 in […]

Second Beach– Home to First Rate Scenery

  Quick Facts: Location: Olympic National Park Land Agency: Quileute Nation and National Park Service Roundtrip: 4.0 miles Elevation Gain: 310 feet Contact: Olympic National Park, Wilderness Information Center Green Trails Map: 99S Olympic Coast Beaches Notes: Dogs prohibited Access: From Forks follow US 101 north for 1.5 miles turning left onto State Route 110 (signed “Mora–La Push”). […]